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Can you really stand dead silence?

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Ausweis Ausweis A Reality-Hacking Experiment. The world's changing. We're getting so concerned with the descriptions and symbols that represent ideas, we're losing all contact with the substance. On a tape I bought at a yard sale, I heard the narrator say, "People are conditioned to believe the printed word." You know I really thought that people would laugh and not let me get anywhere with them. But success came really quickly. My next big success came with the "50 Cents Off" card. What was it that compelled him? Of course, there's the story of the artist who paints replicas of U.S. currency to prove some of the same point. I started to get obsessed with how abstract and far-reaching I could make the words on the card...could they really overcome physical limitations? And why do these cards make everyone smile? I made the "Add To Your Family Card," after I realized most of the previous ones were rather masculine. A little further in the "far-reaching" direction... Another powermad one. poof! Links

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Brain Scans of Rappers Shed Light on Creativity Rappers making up rhymes on the fly while in a brain scanner have provided an insight into the creative process. Freestyle rapping — in which a performer improvises a song by stringing together unrehearsed lyrics — is a highly prized skill in hip hop. But instead of watching a performance in a club, Siyuan Liu and Allen Braun, neuroscientists at the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in Bethesda, Maryland, and their colleagues had 12 rappers freestyle in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. The artists also recited a set of memorized lyrics chosen by the researchers. The results parallel previous imaging studies in which Braun and Charles Limb, a doctor and musician at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, looked at fMRI scans from jazz musicians. “We try to stick with more natural creative processing, and when we do that we see this decrease in the dorsal lateral regions,” says Braun.

Cool Abandoned Places In The World 8 - Glorious Mind Posted by admin on 10 Dec 2012 / 2 Comments Cool Abandoned Places In The World -Part 8 :Varosha In the early 1970’s, the Varosha quarter in Famagusta, Cyprus was one of the Mediterranean’s most popular and glamorous tourist destinations. The island of Cyprus has been the subject of a constant tug-of-war battle between Greece and Turkey for centuries. Homes still have closets full of clothes, cabinets full of dishes, and there is even a car dealership still stocked with ‘brand new’ 1974 model-year cars. So why is the area still barricaded and patrolled by Turkish troops? Until Turkey relinquishes Varosha, it will continue to be battered by the elements and slowly crumble over time. Varosha in its heyday:

Celebrities Cool photographs of celebrities in unusual situations by photographer Martin Schoeller. Listen: The Music of a Human Brain | Wired Science Musical score based on the neurological activity of a 31-year-old woman. Image: Lu et al./PLoS One Researchers have turned human mental activity into music, and it sounds uncannily like free-form jazz piano. The new brain-to-sound method translates a brain’s electrical fluctuations to pitch and blood flows to intensity. “We hope the on-going progresses of the brain signals-based music will properly unravel part of the truth in the brain,” wrote neuroscientists led by Jing Lu and Dezhong Yao of China’s University of Electronic Science and Technology in a study Nov. 14 in the online journal PLoS One. In earlier work, the researchers based their translation solely on scalp-conducted electrical activity, familiar to most people through electroencephalograph (EEG) readings, but the resulting notation didn’t quite rise to the level of music. In the new study, they added blood flow measurements from an fMRI machine to the mix. “Music therapy would be a good application of brain music,” said Lu.

Apocalyptic Detailed Models By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 15:23 GMT, 3 April 2012 | Updated: 18:18 GMT, 3 April 2012 These amazing models give an eerie glimpse into the end of the world. Artist Lori Nix spends weeks painstakingly constructing the incredible sculptures, which show what everyday places might look like after the apocalypse. Ms Nix, from Brooklyn, New York, has devoted her whole apartment to making the doll's house size models with bits and pieces of post-apocalyptic destruction littering every room. She said: 'Every room in my apartment is devoted to the process of building models and photographing them. 'I have a couple of power saws sitting on and under the kitchen table, more power tools in the equipment room and a living room full of work tables and lots of debris. 'I work on these models at night, on the weekends and whenever we have days off from my regular job as a professional photographer. 'It takes about seven months to complete a diorama, but I'm working on two to three at a time.

Community Being in your twenties is hard. Okay, maybe not hard, but different. There’s a certain transition in motion where now you’re considered an adult (i.e. you make money and pay bills), but still feel like a kid (i.e. you make money and spend it on this or this or this). Keeping your life in order can be tricky – enter StumbleUpon Lists to help organize my online life. Sometimes the best insight to this stage of life comes from your peers and various web pages by the Internet gurus. I’ve compiled some of my favorite Stumbles including solid advice, dating tips and every 24-year-old’s personal anthem to guide me through my twenties in the list Things for My Twenty-Something Self. Being in my twenties I feel it’s only right to consume a ridiculous amount of sweets while I still have some semblance of a metabolism. When I’m not treating myself to awesome treats, I’m treating myself to awesome concerts around San Francisco. Those are just a few of my favorite lists – and they’re growing!

Wired for Harmony? Stop that noise! Many creatures, such as human babies, chimpanzees, and chicks, react negatively to dissonance—harsh, unstable, grating sounds. Since the days of the ancient Greeks, scientists have wondered why the ear prefers harmony. Now, scientists suggest that the reason may go deeper than an aversion to the way clashing notes abrade auditory nerves; instead, it may lie in the very structure of the ear and brain, which are designed to respond to the elegantly spaced structure of a harmonious sound. "Over the past century, researchers have tried to relate the perception of dissonance to the underlying acoustics of the signals," says psychoacoustician Marion Cousineau of the University of Montreal in Canada. In a musical chord, for example, several notes combine to produce a sound wave containing all of the individual frequencies of each tone. Can you distinguish consonance, dissonance, and beating? Harmonic: Audio S4 Inharmonic: Audio S7 With beating: S9 Without beating: Audio S10

A Brief History of Snow Globes The way Erwin Perzy's family tells it, if Thomas Edison had designed a better light bulb, Perzy would never have invented the snow globe. Back in 1900, Erwin Perzy I was working in Vienna as a fine instruments mechanic when a surgeon came to him with a problem. Although the surgeon had electric light bulbs installed in his operating theater, the newly invented product didn't cast great light. He wanted to know if Perzy could improve on the dim bulbs and make them brighter. So he got to work. As Perzy hunted for inspiration, he noticed that shoemakers had stumbled into an interesting trick: By filling glass globes with water and placing them in front of candles, they created tiny spotlights in their shops. When Perzy tried the trick with a lightbulb, he discovered the brightness wasn't improved. Inspiration struck: What if he used his technical expertise to create a tiny diorama in his snowy little world? At least, that's the story Austrians like to peddle.

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